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Gulf of Mexico, Fl grouper tactics.

Posted on January 3rd, 2016

Winter time is an excellent time to target grouper in the Florida Gulf waters. The key to locating these fish is to find a “rough-bottom” that is usually made up of limestone ledges or holes in the ocean floor.

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Those areas are hot-spots for grouper to hold-in and wait for unsuspecting prey to pass by. The best presentation to make is to either use a small live baitfish like a greenback, blue runner, pilchard, or a chunk of a baitfish and fish it on a sliding-sinker rig just off the bottom. Use a larger hook in the #7/0-9/0 size since grouper have big mouths and at least a 50 lb. Sufix 832 braided line with a 50 lb. Sufix Fluorocarbon leader. Make sure your drag is set tight enough that if you hook a good-size grouper you can put-the-breaks on before it takes you into a hole or under a ledge!

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